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Star Scoop: Sia Stretches Out, Alexa Chung Sings the Blues, Fifty Shades is Rated R

By  January 07, 2015

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The long-awaited video for Sia’s Catching Fire ballad “Elastic Heart” premiered exclusively on Vevo today. It features her Dance Moms damsel and “Chandelier” star Maddie Ziegler moshing around in a cage with Shia LaBeouf, who’s in full-on performance art mode. It’s animalistic and bizarre… and totally open to your own interpretation. [Glam Inbox]

In other music news, socialite Alexa Chung is broadening her crossover appeal with a mytheresa.com collab. Her debut recording, a cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Blue Denim,” dropped today in tandem with the launch of mytheresa.com TUNES and Alexa Chung for AG. Our take? Amazing. Peep her Gia Coppola-helmed music video, too! [Glam Inbox]

The MPAA has finally given Fifty Shades of Grey a rating: R. No surprise there, but the reason why is. According to the association, the Valentine’s Day comprises strong sexual content (duh!), graphic nudity (of course!), and “unusual behavior.” That’s obviously a reference to what’s going on in the red room. [Indiewire]

That one time, in New York City, when CHVRCHES shut down Grand Central Station and performed “The Mother We Share.” [Stereogum]

Kanye West is the “only one” who left an indelible (shoe) imprint on eBay last year. His Air Yeezy Red October collaboration with Nike was the marketplace’s top seller in the footwear department, with more than 6,000 pairs of the rare sneaks sold. [Glam Inbox]

George Clooney is headed to Showtime. His tentatively titled The Studio, a dark comedy about the film industry in the 1990s, will get the pilot treatment. Plot details are scarce and though Clooney is attached to direct, there’s no word on whether he’ll appear on-screen. [Vulture]

Mark your calendars: Netflix is unleashing four new series for your binge-watching pleasure. Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtBloodline, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Grace and Frankie are slated to premiere between March and May, with streaming favorite Orange is the New Black to follow in summer. [Huffington Post]

Vimeo is stepping up to the original programming plate with four new shows of its own, including two from YouTube creators Sawyer Hartman and  PJ Liguori (KickThePj). [Variety]

Star Scoop: Rita Ora Gets Spoof-y, GOT Gets Cinematic, Migos Goes Mainstream

By  January 06, 2015

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We aren’t the only ones who’ve been stung by Beyoncé. RocNation artist Rita Ora took the camera into her own hands and recorded a spoof to the Queen’s “7/11.” Smack it, smack it, in the air. [YouTube]

Game of Thrones has gone cinematic. The HBO heavy hitter will become the first television series to screen across Imax theaters nationwide. From January 23—29, fans can visit 150 Imax hubs to watch the last two episodes of season four, and get an exclusive look at season five. Winter is coming… for reals. [Variety]

In 2013, they had us all hollering “Hannah Montana.” Now, Atlanta-based rap trio Migos is primed for mainstream appeal. With 1.7 million mixtape downloads, 49 million YouTube views, and 47 million Pandora plays per month under its belt, the group sat down with Vulture to talk Paris, their debut studio album, and being spontaneous in the booth. [Vulture]

If that Pro Era t-shirt you wanted goes out of stock, you have Malia Obama to thank. [New York Magazine]

This is what you call a comeback. Downton Abbey returned stateside to PBS Sunday night with 10.1 million viewers. The season five stats nearly matched its season four debut and proves “that its American fanbase isn’t turning to illegal channels to catch episodes,” which air three months earlier in the UK. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Blake Shelton will work a double as host and performer on Saturday Night Live’s January 24 show. [Stereogum]

Drake, AC/DC, and Jack White will headline Coachella 2015. Wanna crash? [Glam Buzz]

Music Musings: Drake, AC/DC, and Jack White with Headline Coachella

By  January 06, 2015

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about Coachella, it’s that the annual music and arts festival has something for everyone. Past headliners have spanned from BeckMadonna, and Prince, to The Flaming Lips, OutKast, and Lana Del Rey. This April, when an estimated 600,000 attendees flock to Indio, California, they’ll experience just as much—if not more—variety.

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Headliners AC/DC will bring no-frills, classic rock on night one, Jack White will leave The White Stripes at home for a solo set on night two, and Drake will close out the festival on night three with punchlines that only he can deliver.

They’ll be joined by Azealia BanksV Magazine covergirl FKA Twigs, Swedish House Mafia alum Axwell + Ingrosso, Florence + the Machine, and more than 150 other acts. Coachella 2015 will take place April 10-12 and April 17-19, with tickets going on sale Wednesday, January 7 at noon (PST, of course).

For first-timers, curious as to what the weekend will bring, there’s this:

Winner’s Circle: The 15 Best Speeches from Awards Season

By  January 05, 2015

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That one time Lupita Nyong’o tearfully professed that “your dreams are valid” at the 86th Academy Awards. Or when Matthew McConaughey shared gratitude for the “bull ride” that is acting at the 20th Screen Actors Guild honors. And again, when his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto accepted his first Oscars win by saluting “all the dreamers,” working to “live the impossible.” These acceptance speeches have earned their rank as some of the best awards season moments ever, making the 2014 race one to remember, and the upcoming 2015 ballot one to look forward to. In anticipation for this year’s Tinseltown accolades, we take a look at 15 of the best speeches from yesteryear.

Star Scoop: Listen to Rihanna’s (Rumored) New Song, ScarJo Gets Animated, Join Mark Zuckerberg’s (Face)Book Club

By  January 05, 2015

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Rihanna for “World Peace.” The Bajan beauty is in the studio cooking up something good for (the unofficially entitled) R8, and this leak may—or may not—preview what’s in store. A song surfaced over the weekend featuring vocals that appear to belong to Riri, but we can’t be for sure until she confirms herself. Until then, we’ll just wait on it. [YouTube]

In 2014, she was a psychokinetic powerhouse, superhero, and kitchen hostess. Now, new mom Scarlett Johansson is gearing up for her next role: an anime character come to life. Johansson has reportedly signed on to star in a live-action adaptation of manga Ghost in the Shell, about “Motoko Kusanaigi and her security agency squad members on their search for a malicious hacker named the Puppet Master.”  [The Verge]

Reading Rainbow is to kids what Mark Zuckerberg’s book club is to Facebook fiends. The social media disruptor set a New Years’ resolution to read more books and is bringing his 30 million followers along for the ride. Zuckerberg created a new Facebook community called “A Year of Books” in which the goal is to read a new book every other week and discuss it in comment threads on the page. Here’s to hoping this is one resolution that doesn’t fail. [Vulture]

Is a Jackson heir the next Biebs collaborator? According to an anonymous source (of course!), Prince Jackson and Justin Bieber have hit the studio together to work on a “major recording album.” We won’t hold our breath. [Page Six]

Awards season is near, and with it, another accolade to keep track of: the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. Here’s the official list of nominees with American SniperThe Grand Budapest Hotel, and (Oscars shoo-in) Birdman vying for a January 31 win. [Variety]

Sports fans and media minds alike are mourning the death of ESPN mainstay Stuart Scott after a lengthy fight with cancer, one he assured fans that, even in death, he would not lose. Here’s a look back at his powerful acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at last year’s ESPYs and what it really means to be as cool as the other side of the pillow. [YouTube]

14 Celebrity Ladies Who Had the Best Year Ever 

By  December 31, 2014

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It’s a fact of life: some years are just better than others. But if you’re one of the famous faces on this list, 2014 in particular is going to be one for the books. Whether they were skyrocketed into stardom, expanded their resume, racked in the cash, or achieved a significantly greater level of status, these fourteen women all have a particular reason to regard 2014 as a mighty good one.

14 Movies to See Before the 2015 Oscars

By  December 29, 2014

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When the haute hostess breaks out her ballots, we’ll be ready! For February 2015’s 87th annual Academy Awards, we won’t just play favorites when shading in notable nominations—we’ll have watched the Oscar race’s top contenders to form an educated, engaged decision. With films like Birdman and Boyhood leading the pack at the Globes and SAGs, and another two weeks until the Academy announces its Oscar nominees, we’ve decided to get cinematic with 2014’s best films. From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, to Jennifer Aniston’s long-awaited entry with Cake, here are the 14 films you should see before the 2015 Oscars… and the ones we bet will end up taking home the gold.

14 Best Beyoncé Moments of 2014 (Featuring Blue Ivy, Nicki Minaj, and Jay Z)

By  December 23, 2014

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Some call her Mrs. Carter. Others, Yoncé. But us—we call her Queen.

2014 was, is, and will always be the year of Beyoncé. She dazzled stadiums with her showmanship, made feminism mainstream, earned another spot in Grammys history, and broke the internet while simply playing the background at her baby sister’s wedding. Let us preface this by saying a full 365 days wasn’t enough to recover from the visual album heard, and bought, ‘round the world. But that’s business with Beyoncé—something that was even more evident in 2014. Just when you thought a sabbatical was in store, she and her team at Parkwood Entertainment delivered blow, after blow, after blow. Trust us— there will Bey more to #bowdown to in 2015.

 

The Top 14 Celebrity Hookups That Heated Up 2014

By  December 23, 2014

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They hung out and hooked-up. Some made their fling official, while others allowed the love to be short lived. These are the celebrities that got together in 2014. Which pair’s passion shocked you most?

The 14 Best KimYe Moments of 2014

By  December 18, 2014

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From a wedding that rivaled royals, to their darling daughter’s takeover at Paris Fashion Week, there is no denying Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s indelible imprint on pop culture in 2014. With countless selfies and rants on classism alike, the pair earned their title as the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple—with an Anna Wintour endorsement to boot! And of course we saved the most nude—er, best—for last.